Family story from Mary Luxford
Eveline Emily Dumper was born in Southwark, in 1889 to Thomas and Emily Dumper. She was the second of six children: Charles, Annie, Alfred, Lionel and Arthur, and spent a lot most of her young life living at the Red Lion public house, Ewell Road, Tolworth, Surbiton which her parents ran. According to the 1911 Census, she worked as a dressmaker. She married Herbert Frederick Luxford on 4th September 1912, making her the sister-in-law (by marriage) to Douglas Belcher, who won the Victoria Cross in May 1915. Douglas was married to Herbert Luxford’s sister, Emily.
During the war, Eveline and Herbert ran greengrocer shops in three Weybridge locations: the Quadrant, Queen’s Road and Oatlands Village. Herbert was called up to the Army when conscription was introduced in January 1916, but had this deferred so he could dispose of his business. This occurred at a highly inconvenient time for the young couple, who had two toddlers and were expecting a third. Eventually, the couple closed their premises at Oatlands Village and Queen’s Road, and continued to run and live above their shop in the Quadrant. Herbert joined the Royal Flying Corps as part of the ground crew. Fortunately for Herbert and his young family, he was stationed close by at Brooklands and was even granted permission to return home every night. Eveline continued to run the shop with the help of a young boy.
After the war, Herbert went onto be a Conservative Councillor for Weybridge, for 28 years.